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Asahi Asahiflex IIb/Tower 23 - 1954
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• First widely-available SLR with instant-return mirror

• $99.50 with f3.5 lens in 1957 ($772 in 2010 dollars)

Until this camera, the image you saw through an SLR's finder blacked out once you pressed the shutter.

Asahi Asahiflex IIb/Tower 23Asahi Asahiflex IIb/Tower 23Asahi Asahiflex IIb/Tower 23From the 1956 Sears Camera Catalog
Ad from Modern Photography, April 1957Ad from Modern Photography, May 1957

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